XML: A Manager's Guide (Information Technology)

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Extensible Markup Language (XML) is revolutionizing Web content, electronic commerce, and enterprise computing. As with most technology revolutions, the concept behind XML is deceptively simple--to provide a standardization for specifying the meaning of information exchanged over networks. However, the implications for such a capability ripple throughout the entire field of distributed computing. Organizations, applications, and individuals can communicate far more effectively if they agree on the structure and meaning of information. XML was specifically designed to facilitate such communication over the Internet. Its rapid adoption is taking Web content beyond page layout, e-commerce to a new level of sophistication, and enterprise software into an era of true interoperability. This book serves as a concise guide for technical managers, as well as a starting point for developers interested in taking advantage of XML. It uses clear explanations of XML essentials as a foundation to demonstrate how this technology can substantially benefit your organization. Designed to let you access exactly the information you require, this book clearly delineates different paths through the chapters based on your needs, provides executive briefings for every chapter, and includes fast-track summaries of major points in the margins. XML: A Manager's Guide consists of three sections. The first section explains the need for XML, introduces fundamental XML concepts, and describes how combining XML with related standards forms a new paradigm for information exchange. The second section analyzes the tools, processes, and staff you will need to deploy applications that effectively leverage the power of this paradigm. Finally, the third section discusses a portfolio of XML applications relevant to both enterprise software development organizations and independent software vendors. 0201433354B04062001

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This introduction explains the essence of XML without trying to be a developer's handbook. In just 200 pages, it provides a high-level overview together with enough detail for those planning how to use XML, or who need to communicate with developers who are implementing XML solutions. As the title suggests, this is the ideal book for managers and executives who need to understand what XML is all about, as well for developers who need to grasp the concepts before diving into the detail.

The author explains that XML is about exchanging information. There is a chapter on how XML documents are structured, followed by a section on related standards such as Namespaces, XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Language), and XML Schema. The different kinds of XML tools are described, but without specifically covering any particular product. The second half of the book is devoted to real-world business issues such as what sort of team you need to assemble to undertake an XML project. Five types of XML applications for enterprises are described. For example, the knowledge management type covers product planning and technical support, while the workflow type covers purchasing and processing of expenses. Finally, there is a look at XML from the perspective of a software vendor, providing personalised Web sites or automated upgrades. A glossary and index completes the book.

Although short, XML for Managers is a considerable achievement. The author is extremely well informed, and his writing is underpinned by solid technical know-how. The book also benefits from clear layout with regular executive summaries, diagrams and marginal notes. --Tim Anderson

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